Holiday Turkey a la Dr. Jo

by Dr Jo

1 (12 pound) whole turkey (fresh is much better than frozen – more tender)

3/4 cup olive oil

2 tablespoons garlic powder

2 teaspoons dried basil

1 teaspoon ground sage

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

2 cups water

 Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Clean turkey (discard giblets and organs), and place in a roasting pan. 

Put  onions, carrots and celery in the turkey’s cavity.

In a small bowl, combine olive oil, garlic powder, dried basil, ground sage, salt, and black pepper. Using a basting brush, apply the mixture to the outside of the uncooked turkey. Pour water into the bottom of the roasting pan.

Leave bird uncovered until browned, then cover with a loose foil cap until temperature reaches 180 degrees F.

Bake for 3 to 3 1/2 hours, or until the internal temperature of the thickest part of the thigh measures180 degrees F (82 degrees C). Remove bird from oven, and allow to stand for about 30 minutes before carving.

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